Sunken Garden Trail

EASY 27 reviews
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Sunken Garden Trail is a 2.4 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Portersville, Pennsylvania that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

2.4 miles
226 feet

dogs on leash

wheelchair friendly

kid friendly



nature trips





wild flowers


sunken garden is a 3.7 mile trail. The trail is primarily used for hiking.

3 months ago

This was one of the best hikes that we had all year long. First I must say The trail was well maintained really good ground to walk on
On our journey we seen deer and birds wild flowers and trees that lead us along a grassy path down to lake Arthur where you can view the beach and boat launch as the path loops around and back up to the parking area.
Well worth your time to hike it.

4 months ago

If you prefer a flat trail, this is for you! Will I be back? Of course. Is it a challenging trail? Not at all. This trail is lovely. You will feel as though you're walking along a flower garden. You will also walk along the lake.

If you're taking small children on a walk, you will love this. If you're unsure about beginning a hike due to your physical limitations - give this a try. Whatever you do - just get outside!

5 months ago

Fun little jaunt, swampy in areas, but easily navigated. scenic area with bench for little ones to rest and a great view at about the half way point.

7 months ago

Pretty views. Be prepared to trek through several swampy patches on trail

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Nice trail with some mild/moderate elevation change. I did it with snow on the ground so that changes it a bit. You hear the road, I-79, so it's not a quiet walk but still worth the trek.

Thursday, October 27, 2016

A good hike with some mild elevation changes and a nice section that runs along lake Arthur. Watch for mud in spring and fall by the lake.

Sunday, August 28, 2016

easy trail to take the kids on

Sunday, June 26, 2016

Nice easy trail. Definitely good for families even with smaller children. A few scenic spots of the lake but mostly a walk through the woods

Monday, May 30, 2016

Nice easy and accessible trail for families, young kids, dogs, or just about anyone. My wife and our 7 week old hiked the short loop in just about an hour which was ~2.5 miles. The trail was well maintained for the most part with only a few sections that were overgrown but nothing that wasn't manageable. We followed the blue blazes. Once our daughter gets older we'll probably go back out and complete the entire loop.

Monday, May 30, 2016

It was nice along the lake, didn't care for the grass section

Friday, August 28, 2015

This is an easy 3+ mile trail. It does get muddy by the lake on occasion. They recently went through and did some trail maintenance. The blazes were freshened up and are easily seen. The trail was cleared and is nice and open. Overall a top pick for me if I want to do an easy 3 mile hike. Would be good for trail running as well.

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Nice, easy quick 1-1.5 hour hike. Sneakers or sandals would be fine, however it can get muddy when it rains or by the lake. Wooded in parts and open in other. No real trail markings, but easy to get around. No real elevation change so not strenuous.

Monday, June 09, 2014

We hiked both the short and long trails in one day, and enjoyed both. As others mentioned, the markings were relatively nonexistent, but the scenery was very nice. We recommend both hikes, though encourage others to wear boots (or old shoes) when walking by the lake, as it was muddy for sure. Have fun on these hikes!

Monday, June 02, 2014

This is a nice trail for the most part however the trail markings are poor and actually wrong for the directions to the short and long loop. Stay away from the trail that goes by the lake as it has muddy patches.

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

We did the longer loop but the trail markings are incorrect. This is a nice trail but needs some maintenance. I will probably offer to assist as there were families on this trail and some people were lost and trying to figure it out on the map. It could also use a portion higher from the lake as some were mud patches.

Sunday, August 18, 2013

All the beauty of the longer version without the hills.

Sunday, August 18, 2013

This is a beautiful trail. It follows the lake part of the way, the pond lily back-water and the forested hills. The trail crosses many bridges.

Thursday, August 15, 2013

In order to do the short loop, stay left when the trail splits sending the right side up hill. Actually, all the beauty of the longer version is contained in this compact version of the park's most popular trail.

nature trips
Tuesday, August 13, 2013

A wonderful trail with a little variety thrown in. Much of the trail is grassy and flat even though it is wooded. Part of it looks more like a trail. Part of it has inclines. It follows the lake for about a half mile on the way back and later follows the lotus pond part of the lake. There are wild blackberries, crab apples and lots of wild flowers.

3 months ago

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